A 3-Step Guide to Compliance in the Cloud

Cloud ComplianceCompliance is more than just a buzzword. It’s a critical effort for organizations across industries. These organizations lean on IT to help with technologies that are supposed to make compliance easier. When placed on top of IT’s already heavy workload, however, compliance tasks can become a bit overwhelming.

An added layer on top of compliance challenges is the fact that so many organizations have turned to the cloud to help ease other IT burdens, like data storage, backup and disaster recovery. If done right, however, going to the cloud can help ease your compliance load. Here are three things to take into account when taking your compliance efforts to the cloud.

Know your compliance mandate.

The regulations and policies you need to comply with will drive how you use the cloud in your compliance plans. For example, if you are one of the many organizations that deal with HIPAA compliance, you need a cloud provider that is HIPAA certified, right? Wrong. There is, in fact, no such thing as HIPAA certification for data center or cloud providers. It’s on you to make sure your provider meets the HIPAA requirements related to your business and works within the guidelines you face.

Every compliance regulation has little issues like this; it’s part of what makes compliance so tricky. So, as part of your cloud strategy, make sure you know all the regulations and rules with which you need to align, and make sure your provider can help you get there.

Consider hybrid cloud.

“I’m not putting my sensitive data in the public cloud,” is a common refrain we hear from clients considering compliance and cloud initiatives. If this sounds like you, a hybrid cloud model can be a big help. Use the public cloud for your less sensitive data storage and other needs. Then use the private cloud for your personal, compliance-related data.

Get help.

Three-step lists are supposed to be easy, but those first two tips don’t really seem that easy at all, right? They require a lot of research, understanding and planning. Let’s face it, not a lot of organizations or IT departments have the necessary time to dedicate to these critical tasks.

Our final tip, therefore, is the most important: get help. Check out our compliance area and partner page to help you with these complex questions and some of the technologies we recommend for answering them.

Looking for help with your compliance initiatives? Let us know what you need.

Author: Drew W.
Key Information Systems